samueldG9796PV - 26 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ worst ever! just making money! horrible ”
That's a bad boat trip! Attention pure rip-off!
Start 15 minutes late, straight ahead to the end of the fjord, there in about 150-200 m a humpback whale 2-3x sighted for a few seconds when appearing & after less than 15 minutes again straight back to the harbour.
Other boats were already there when we arrived, closer to the whales and stayed there for a long time.
If you really want to see whales, you should definitely choose a different tour operator. The only thing that is true is Express.
The pure disappointment.
yukorn - 19 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Didn't see any whale ”
I'm not rating it low because of the lack of whale view. That's the nature, you might not be lucky to see it, though experienced operators might have trick to find them.
I enjoy being in a boat - I love the windy ocean. Seeing seabirds go about was as satisfactory.
It was an activity added at the last minute. Bought the ticket online a few hours before the departure. The website could have a map of exact location/office name to go to. I knew the town fairly well by then, so I had no problem finding the old port. There are two offices there. I went to one of them, was given a ticket and was told that I'll be on the boat near the other office. Walked over, wasn't sure how to go about and talked to the people at the other office. I was told to go back to the first office. Turned out I was put on a smaller boat near the first office.
madnikki - 19 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Worth the money ”
Whale watching was on my bucket list of things to do in Iceland, so I figured get close or go home. Opted to go on the small boat and nabbed the last spot for my desired time slot. They provide all the gear, and tell you how to get the best out of it. It was a surreal experience being that close to whales in the fjord, the only way to get closer would be to jump in and swim with them.
Puntersfriend - 12 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great scenery and whales... ”
Well equipped boat with very informative guide. We sat outside and would recommend this for the best views. Wrap up warm is the best suggestion.
We did see a Minki whale and had a game of hide and seek with him for nearly an hour with many sightings.
AnneML63 - 11 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Humpack Gallore ”
Luck must have played its role but I never expected seeing so many whales during a whale watching tour in Akureyri, Iceland, with Elding. The young lady who accompanied the group (an excursion set up by the cruise company I took to Iceland) appeared quite knowledgeable on whales and was keen to share her enthusiasm. I flet she herself never expected so many sightings on that afternoon outing. On the negative side, I found the ship a bit too small to accommodate the whole crowd, although I am sure safety standards were met.
TalE104 - 09 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience! ”
We participated in the whale watching late June, at 9 am.
I was a bit afraid to get sea sick but it was great- not too many people and the boat isn't small so you don't feel the waves that much..
Great staff, lot's of places to sit with bathroom inside.
We got so close to the whales, it was AMAZING!!
fred6416 - 03 jul 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Disappointed at the over crowded ship ”
Very knowledgable guide however really struggled to hear him at the back of the boat. He said at the start that guides would be coming round but never saw them , we booked through the cruise ship which made the boat over crowded , we struggled to get to a space at the side to see anything. Have to say we spotted approx 10 whales if only we could have got to see them .
hpl204arvika - 26 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Whales ”
Cold and windy evening cruise. The guide had good knowledge about whales and told us interesting facts. A minus was that not all speakers on the ship was working.
729stefant - 16 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Good, not-too-crowded tour ”
This was a really nice experience. The boat was quite big, so everyone had a fair chance to walk around the 3 decks (one of which is warm and sheltered, there are toilets and a small bar) and see to all sides. The guide was super-friendly and seemed very professional and passionate about the wildlife at the same time. She stated how much Elding company cares for the whales and how they try to be as green and whale-friendly as possible - and we couldn't help but believe her, because she really seemed to mean it. Oh, and by the way: we saw whales. Quite a lot of them, some even came very close to the boat. The guide pointed them out to us, giving direction and distance so everyone could find them. She also told interesting things about the animals (only minkywhales this time) and even knew some of the individuals we spotted because of their bodymarks. Really amazing :-) Trip took about 3 hours, in our case 1 to sail out, 1 for whale watching, 1 to go back to the harbour.
198philippar - 03 jun 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Really good guide ”
Staff were friendly from beginning to end and helped by disabled mother board the boat and go upstairs. The guide was a well informed marine biologist and did well to answer everyone’s questions. We didn’t see much I must admit but did spot two small whales and a dolphin from a distance. Even with the overalls they provide I was glad I wore lots of layers.
Unnur B - 26 may 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing experience! ”
My family and myself had an Elding whale watching experience last weekend in Akureyri - North Iceland.
We rode in a small boat for about 20-30 minutes from Akureyrir until we felt like we were far away out in the ocean (it was a bit misty too so it got super exciting and mysterious). We saw loads of whales, even three different types!
We were as close as 3 meters away from some of the large humpbacks and we loved it! It was surreal and thrilling. My kids (age 13 and 10) absolutely loved this experience! It was one of the coolest things we have done as a family for a long time!
Flo413 - 25 apr 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Very nice trip. ”
There are some spectacular views from the boat. I stayed outside for a long time but it was a freezing cold day and the boat had ice and icicles on it. I eventually went inside and was pleasantly surprised to see that the view, from the windows was excellent. It was lovely and warm inside and they had a refreshment bar, so people could buy warm drinks etc. There is a running commentary throughout. Best of all, we were lucky enough to see a whale several times.
X5194WAjohnb - 17 feb 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Sightings of Humpbacks ”
We went on the Elding whale watching trip in February. We saw Minke and Humpback whales. A good view of a tail when it made a dive, and a exiting breach. Wrap up warm as the wind can be very cold. Put your camera on manual focus if the autofocus is slow. Mine was so missed many a shor.
Amazing experience in January - 22 jan 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Graham W ”
Ww set off on a cold morning into a snow shower and only saw a few white nised dolphins, then turned for home aftr two hours at speed up the Fjiord. Then right infron of us were two humpback whales - full marks to the crew for their knowledge and care for these mighty creatures! After an enthalling half hour with the humpbacks we set off back to Akureyri- rather late, but well worth it!! But that was not the end of it - as we turned to pul into the dock, there was a third humback cruising around in the harbour,realy close to the shore, made us even later - but we were on a real high! A fabulous trip - thank you Akureyri!!
Joolsybabe - 20 jan 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Highlight of our stay in Akureyri ”
We recently stayed in Akureyri and went on the Elding Whale Watching trip. It was actually the highlight of our stay and we had the most incredible time, worth every penny. We saw some hump back whales and the tour guide was so knowledgable and informative it was so interesting. They provide waterproofs to keep you dry and warm and there is a snack bar serving warm drinks and food onboard. Even though it started snowing while we were out on the boat and it was freezing it was so memorable that we are still talking about it a week later. Would definitely recommend this whatever time of year it is a fantastic tour.
andywL3798MO - 08 jan 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Saw Lots Of Whales; Tour Led By Personable and Knowledgeable Naturalist ”
We had a great time on this tour. We saw lots of whales, including a pod of five and another pod of two or possibly even three. The boat stayed near the whales for a good amount of time.
The provided whale-watching suits kept us pretty warm, even though it was a very cold day and we went up to the top deck of the boat.
The naturalist leading the trip was very knowledgeable and spoke to us privately for a while on the way back to shore.
I highly recommend whale-watching with Elding!
Karina M - 06 jan 2019, TripAdvisor
“ Absolutely amazing! ”
The tour runs the whole year, and I've been there last December. It was absolutely amazing, I still think about it every day!
The scenic Eyjafjörður is breathtaking, and after 50 minutes or so we spotted a group of 10 humpback whales and white-peaked dolphins! What a magical moment!
The crew was really friendly and our guide Alberto Alejandro gave us some very interesting explanations about whales and dolphins behaviors, how to identify them and the TAKE-HOME message given is how we can help to protect the oceans and marine animals. Hope everyone in the boat has heard it!!! Thank you so much!!!
peel_house - 27 dec 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Very Knowledgeable Guide ”
Very friendly crew and Tess and her colleague (sorry, didn't catch his name) were very informative and gave an excellent commentary. They are particularly concerned with conservation and protecting the animals. We saw White Beaked Dolphins, mothers with their calves, and Humpback Whales, both quite close to the boat. We also saw Eider Ducks on the fjord. Good hot chocolate available on board. Our friends especially enjoyed their chocolates laced with whisky. As with all things to do with nature, nothing can be guaranteed, but the crew do their utmost to make the trip a success. Very enjoyable experience.
symonw666 - 25 dec 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Worth every Krona ”
Just returned from a Christmas day whale watching trip and it was fantastic. The scenery was breathtaking on the way to our first meeting with a pair of humpback whales. We must have seen at least eight at quite close quarters. All the time getting fed plenty of information from the knowledgeable Spanish guide ( sorry I forgot his name). I'd highly recommend this.
Lis4444 - 22 dec 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Magical Trip ”
I have just returned from a wonderful trip with Whale Watching Akureyri and just had to write this review and give them five stars.
Obviously nature trips like this vary and I was fortunate to see minke, humpback and rare Northern bottlenosed whales as well as gorgeous eiderduck today. The weather was lovely, the fjord calm and the sky tinted pink.
The boat was well equipped with toilets, a small bar, help yourself protective clothing and life jackets, comfortable seating and, inside it was warm.
The staff were knowledgeable and helpful, the commentary and whale spotting was brilliant and enthusiastic. The whales were never disturbed or chased but we were able to get good views of them during the three hour trip. The boat was spacious with viewing from various levels so there was never a problem in seeing the majestic whales.
Brilliant value, definitely a “must-do” in Akureyri.
jeannettez95 - 14 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale Watching in the fjord! ”
It was such a fun trip to board the boat and don our warm red suits and head out into the fjord and see the whales right there! We sighted several and our Dutch guide was very informative and interesting. Really an enjoyable experience. One suggestion would be to treat each guest to a complimentary beverage like coffee/tea/hot chocolate or cold drink.
Mark H - 02 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing ”
My family really enjoyed what was a really magical experience. We saw 3 whales and one was only a few feet away from us. The staff on the boat were really friendly, helpful and knowledgable. I would highly recommend this tour.
Emma H - 02 sep 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Calm water and Humpback whales ”
Although bitterly cold, the sun was out and the sea was so calm (I have had more turbulent baths!). The guide was informative and friendly, with perfect English. The boat appeared clean wand well maintained, and a young Humpback whale called Montague came to play and feed with 1/2 hour of the set off. While we did not see the elaborate behaviours seen on trips elsewhere in the world the whale was treated respectfully and made multiple dives in our presence. An excellent trip to see these majestic creatures. Thank you
Karen B - 12 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Recommend. ”
The tour company stayed out on the water until we saw whales. When we did, they still allowed ample time to see them come up and down. The tour was a lot longer than the original time, to make sure we saw whales. The jumpsuits they provide for free are key to stay warm. Wear layers. It’s a beautiful way to see this area off land.
Propaganda_Mac - 12 aug 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Professional, enjoyable, memorable experience ”
We were travelling up to Akureyri for a few days from Reykjavik (driving route 1 in winter - crazy or what?!) and wanted to find something to do. A search of Tripadvisor brought up this activity and we booked 2 tickets online for the day trip whale watching.
We arrived at the ticket office and checked in, along with only maybe a half dozen other people - well I did say it was Akureyri in winter - so when we boarded the boat, we almost had the place to ourselves. The boat itself was a very good size, with plenty of indoor cabin space as well as outdoor deck space for observation, so you could stay indoors if braving the elements isn't your thing. As a hint, if you are Korean or Chinese tourists, don't turn up in t-shirts and trainers. Having said that, the company provides coverall suits which was good to see. We already had our cold weather gear on so went straight up to one of the several observation decks set out around the bow as the boat put out into Eyjafjörður Fjord.
From memory (and apologies if I have got the name wrong) Anna was our guide for the trip. She stood up on the fly bridge and through the PA gave a commentary as we went up the fjord: she really knew her subject, with a very detailed knowledge not just of whales in general but the specific whales we were looking for. Like humans have fingerprints, whales have unique flukes (the 'sticky out' bits of their tail) so you can identify them individually. Well, someone who knows what they are doing - yes, that's Anna - can do that, to the rest of us they all looked the same. But then that is part of what this kind of activity is about, educating us as humans and showing up our woeful ignorance about our cetacean neighbours.
As we headed up the fjord, she explained that we should look for the traditional 'blow' as the whale comes to the surface to breathe, before diving in search of food, which is when you see the tail rise vertically (and I have to say, majestically) skywards. In other words, when you see the tail it is too late. The skill is in spotting the blow, which appears like a small cloud of mist. To do this, you stand on the bow, leaning against the railing in some kind of 'king of the world' pose from Titanic, ignore the wind and the spray/rain/sleet/snow and strain you eyes continuously through 360' to make out something faint hundreds of metres away against the merging background of grey water and grey land.
As soon as you think you have spotted something, you shout at the top of your voice the position using an imaginary clock laid flat on the water, so port bow (in front of you on the left) might be 'half past ten' whereas starboard quarter (behind you on the right) might be 'five o'clock'. When someone yelled out the position, Anna would double-check and if correct, direct the skipper accordingly. Now this really is great, great fun.
Firstly you are playing hide & seek with a mammal the size of a bus but which you can't see and secondly it very quickly reveals who can 'tell the time', with some of the other customers coming up with some hilarious mistakes, at which we all laughed (no, six o'clock is not in front of us).
A group of five humpback whales had been feeding along the fjord that month or so, and it wasn't long before we spotted each one of them and then the skipper spent the next 2-3 hours skillfully manoeuvring the boat, depending upon where they were spotted. A word about this as it is important in selecting which whale watching company you use: you do not 'chase' whales or go directly toward them as you risk disorientating their complex sonar and potentially injuring them if the boat is where they decide to surface (and before anyone asks, the company doesn't 'need a bigger boat' as its fleet is modern and more than large enough to see whales safely without any risk of capsize if that were to happen).
The skipper's experience was invaluable in approaching each whale from behind and every time to cause it minimal confusion. The company clearly respects the whales and appreciates the importance of sustainability, in terms of creating as little disruption as possible and always accepting that the whales were here first and we are encroaching on their environment not the other way around.
You can watch whales in many parts of the world and I am sure most people probably think of Pacific or equatorial oceans because it's warm and you can do it in shorts. Well for us, seeing them in the freezing Arctic on a cold November day was much more enjoyable, as it made us appreciate their presence much more. The fact you could stay indoors in the heated cabin means that you don't have to do the macho, hardy standing outside in the cold bit but I would recommend it, as the sense of wonder is far greater. Maybe nip in every once in a while for a hot drink from the onboard cafe.
After around 3 hours we headed back to the jetty and chugging along down the fjord is worth something in its own right, for the spectacular scenery.
There is a well-stocked gift shop in the ticketing office where you can buy a wide range of whale-themed souvenirs.
Overall, this was a fabulous day trip. The company has knowledgeable, friendly staff and provides a well-researched and properly organised excursion. OK, you aren't guaranteed to see whales but we did and I would say that if anyone is going to maximise your chances of so doing, it is Elding. You may not see the whales energetically breaching the surface but that really doesn't matter, as when one surfaces next to you - maybe only 20ft away - and for a few moments glides along silently next to you, it is humbling and beautiful in equal measure.
Seeing them close up is a stunning experience. We've seen dolphins close up off Abu Dhabi and they were witty & funny. Whales are completely different, they are serene, purposeful and almost pensive. Seeing them close up you realise that we are just the tenants on this planet, the whales have much more right to it than us as they have been around before us and no doubt will still be swimming around long after we have messed it up. If you've seen Star Trek IV - yes, the one with the whales - you may appreciate that it was very prescient and got it spot on.
Our tickets cost approx. £85/EUR100/$110 each. Brilliant value, worth every bit of the price. For many this may be a once in a lifetime experience, so the cost is irrelevant.
Thanks for reading.
lesnoless - 23 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing ”
We had a wonderful time in July when we saw quite a few hump back whales. We were all kitted out in warm weather gear. The trip was about 3 hours and we were probably going for about 1hr before any sightings. We even had a whale breach right by the boat. We were very fortunate.
Yana K - 16 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ No whales ”
There are no garantee to see the whales, but when we bought the tickets anybody told about that fact.
Randy C - 12 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Dress warm in October ”
The boat is very nice with enclosed cabin or you can stand outside as we did. They provide you with a suit similar to a snow mobile suit to keep warm. We saw a couple of whales and enjoyed the hunt for them. I would recommend this tour!!!
Randy C - 12 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ amazing adventure ”
we really enjoyed this whale watching excursion. They were very knowledgeable and had a naturalist on board to explain what kind of whales we saw and what the whales were doing. Extremely interesting.
49watersedge - 09 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Brilliant ”
Our first visit to Iceland and what an amazing place. Whale watching must however be at the top of the list. This trip starts in the port - we took the 8:30 pm trip as in summer the sun stays up until about 11:30 pm. We saw at least 6 humpback whales and two of them “breached”. The staff on board were outstanding. They provided us with full cold suits for free and were very knowledgeable.
Dorothy W - 05 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ You will see whales ”
We went out at 8:30 PM on a perfect night. Saw 10 different humpbacks. Our guide Marjolein was extremely knowledgeable about the area, whales, shoreline, and birds. A very clear and crisp voice. I was hesitant about going out. Trip stays in the food and water is calm. Just do it.
jdosu - 05 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whales everywhere! ”
We did an 8:30 p.m. whale watching tour and the tour (and the whales) did not disappoint. Although we had to go a bit farther out than usual, the whales made an appearance and then didn’t seem to stop putting on a show for us! The tour operators told us at the beginning that the scheduled two-hour tour may go up to three hours depending on how the whales cooperated. We were out for over three hours with many humpbacks visible. The overalls provided for us kept us warm and dry. This tour should not be missed!
Terry M - 05 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ HUMPBACK HEAVE ”
Our guide said ten humpback whales were out in the fjord and it was a good show they put on. Putting on the wet weather gear was fun, quite apart from the extra warmth. It took over an hour to get close to the whales. As usual, it was a question of trying to be prepared for photography, the ‘where’ unknown re popping up, how long, whether the back would be seen or how much of the tail or fluke would be on display. The guide was excellent re spotting and with her information about whale facts in general. An added bonus of a night time expedition [we left at 2030] was the setting sun. Frankly, the golden hues of the fjord waters were the better pictures. The overall trip was a bit over three hours. The cost was 10,900 krona, roughly $109 US. Don't forget to look at the striking scenery in the fjord. The overall experience was excellent.
Harold T - 05 jul 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Disappointed ”
Once we found one whale that was it, there was no attempt to look for more. The online promotional videos were MUCH more impressive.
NigelRLondon - 28 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great whale watching trip in Akureyi ”
Very good whale watching trip from Akureyi. The boat, its facilities and the staff were all very good and the guide on the boat provided very good information. We had to go quite a long way into the Fjord to able to see whales which mean the trip ended up being over 4 hours, however it was worth as we say around 5 to 6 whales all quite close up including a group of 3 swimming and diving together.
Tricia W - 28 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Wonderful Extreme Whale Watching tour ”
Fantastic experience seeing humpbacked whales - one of which came up right next to the boat just as we were about to head back. I was a bit nervous about the whole extreme label but it was really well done and gave us the chance to get as close as is possible within reason. Emphasis is made on safety and the need to be respectful and not intrusive and Lisa our guide was both knowledgeable and helpful throughout.
Added bonus was visiting a hot waterfall on the way back .
lvmcg64 - 28 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Mother/Daughter Trip ”
The crew was fantastic, the narrator was entertaining and informative. We really appreciated how they addressed the environmental issues facing Iceland’s wildlife. It was a rough seas trip, but the crew ensured that everyone feeling queasy was taken care of!
Hrönn B - 21 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Absolutly amazing! ”
We had an incredible experience on a rib boat tour. We probably saw 7 whales and one of them put on an amazing show, jumping out of the water again and again! I highly recomend this tour, because the rib boat is small you have a clear view in all directions and able to get very close to the whales, or perhaps I should say that the whales were able to get very close to us since one of them kept coming up right next to the boat.
Absolutely loved this experience!
nonche1 - 21 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great tour!! ”
The company really respects the animals, thankfully! They gave the whales their space and yet we still got to see them quite well. Our guide, Liza, knew A lOT about marine life and she told us many interesting stories. In short: great tour.
Sara M - 21 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience ”
This experience was worth every penny. We had a wonderful guide who got us very close to a humpback whale, Victoria. They keep track of all the whales who come to the fjord in summer and could identify her by the v-shaped notch in her tail. She came up 7 or 8 times and we were able to see her tail as she dove back down. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Would love to do it again. I recommend going on a small boat like we did so you can get really close. Those on the bigger boat were a good distance away from the whale.
Lucas H - 21 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ 100% Success Rate ”
Best thing I did in Iceland was to go and see the Whales. We saw over 10 Whales and it was an amazing experience. The guide was full of knowledge about the Whales and the area. It was so grey and I would definitely recommend Elding Whale Watching.
Carrie H - 13 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Saw plenty of whales ”
We were here mid-June. We did the combined horses & whales tour which was a fun day. They give you full body red jumpsuits to put on when you get on the boat that are warm and weatherproof. Deadliest Catch couture!
We were out for 3 hours. We saw at least 3 different whales (hard to be totally sure) but each one surfaced about 10 times and they breathe about 3 times in a row before going back under. So overall we had a ton of “omg look over there!” action. There were maybe 25-30 people on a boat that could probably hold 100 so not crowded at all.
I normally get terribly seasick - I can get sick from swimming if the water is rough - and this was not too bad. The water was calm in the fjord and you’re watching for whales so doing a lot of staring at the horizon, which is supposed to help.
Hildibrandur - 13 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Reviewed 13 June 2018 Saw 7 humpback whales, they even jumped multiple times! ”
I did this tour with 3 of my friends in early June and highly recommend it! We were on a small and fast rib-boat which was a nice, new experience. We were extremely lucky and saw no less than 7 humpback whales doing every possibly activity you can see from the surface, including jumping multiple times out of the water, feeding, clapping their pectoral fin on the surface and even coming up for air while snoozing. We absolutely loved it! Our guide was great too, a marine biologist who explained to us what is known about these whales.
svowels - 06 jun 2018, TripAdvior
“ Nice tour ”
We went on a 10am rib bout tour. This tour only had 4 passengers, so that made it nice. Our guide was from Netherlands, and she was great. She explained the whale’s behavior and other traits. We didn’t get very far out of Akureyri before we saw whales. While it is a bit expensive, I think it is a must do. These are the larger humpback whales. The whales down in the southwest area of Iceland are usually of a smaller type.
Jonty E - 05 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ The most amazing trip ”
Wow! What a trip! Extremely happy with the express whale watching tour we did... our captain Sara was fantastic and so was our guide!! We were extremely lucky to see two humpback whales one of which was breaching (jumping out the water) which was incredible to watch. At one point just metres from the boat!!
Can’t recommend Elding enough, very impressed. I’ll never forget it :))
William P - 02 jun 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Minke whales seen at a distance ”
You need to be ready for disappointment but after 90 minutes we did see at least two or three minke whales at 75-100 metres. I recommend you put on the nice red jump suits offered as it got quite chilly on deck.
TheCoupleFromOhio - 29 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Excellent Tour, friendly, helpful hosts ”
This was a really great tour in a large whale viewing ship. Elding claims to be the whale watching pioneers. The staff was really friendly and had a lot of patience and gave their time freely to individuals when asked questions about whales or their experiences on the ship. I really recommend Elding for the experience of your lifetime.
Rvstraz - 22 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Scenic boat ride versus a whale trip - know what to expect ”
Ok, so here is the bottom line. Comfortable boat with very adequate seating inside, outside in front and outside upstairs. Staff were friendly and attentive to passengers. Heavy overalls were available in child and adult sizes for passengers concerned about being cold - and that is a legitimate concern on the north shore of Iceland on a moving boat. The whale watch trip remains within the Akureyri fjord where the whales seem to come, water is smoother and you are somewhat more protected from the wind. The scenery alone is very enjoyable. As for actual whale watching, we saw one (1) young humpback which we were able to follow about and get some pics of its tail as it dove under the water. In addition, we saw one (1) minke whale which we saw only very briefly as it briefly skims the surface. Finally, we saw a few harbor porpoises as they quickly scurried about the boat. All things considered, this was more a scenic boat ride in the fjord than it was a whale watch. It was mid-May so we wondered if we would see many whales. We did not. The boat naturalist kept emphasizing how wonderful our experience was having scene all three; humpback, minke, harbor porpoise. So, do a bit of research to understand if it is the season for many whales to be in the Akureyri fjord when you plan to be there. For us, we could check off having scene a humpback in Iceland. Kid friendly just make sure the kids are old enough to appreciate the experience. The boat is not wheelchair accessible as there are steps and narrow walkways.
Sofituti - 03 may 2018, TripAdvisor
“ It was nice and exciting experience ”
Eldin whale watching was very nice experience, they gave nice facilities for paying and we didn't have to wait to long for the trip to start. They give you at the boat red jumpsuits against water and wind I recommend you to use them. It was nice information even though for the price they charged by person ( almost $100) it would have been nice if the my gave you the ploption of at least a hot coffee or hot tea-chocolate. They don't give you anything inside the boat so be prepared with your snaks and hot drinks for almost 3-4 hours in the cold.
Nic B - 28 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Incredible experience all round ”
We opted to go on the RIB boat tour from Akureyri harbour. On arrival, we were given suits to wear over our own clothes (advisable to keep all your warm stuff on) We hopped on board and headed out, this was great fun riding the waves for a while. After about 30 mins, we spotted a fluke in the distance. We held around until the whale appeared again - a humpback in plan sight. It was incredible, we stayed around the area for more sightings. It must have been 7 times! During the Whales dives, our guide was very informative and you could tell she had a genuine passion for whales. We ended the tour absolutely frozen but enjoyed every movement. Thanks Elding!
dev541970 - 27 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Enjoy the boat ride - no whales here!! ”
We were a party of 10 - 3 couples with children. Decided to take this trip thinking that whale watching would be a great experience for kids and the rest of us as well. At Elding, we were informed that our trip needs to begin from a different location for which they have arranged a bus. The bus ride was short.
Once aboard the boat, we were given red coloured heavy suits to wear - definitely helpful given the cold weather. We were on the deck from the word go - the spotter - perched on the high platform - crooned the usual knowledge titbits about the whales and the local birds. But the whale spotting had to be done by all. The initial excitement dissipated pretty soon as it downed on us that whales are hard to be spotted. It took us a good part of 3 hours to finally see the fins of minke whale for fraction of seconds - could be dolphins for all we knew!!!
The outcome of the ride was very disappointing. Noteworthy to mention that the company did offer another ride for next day free of cost but we didn’t have another day in Akureyri.
So two lessons - don’t get all excited - it’s probability game and second at USD 100 a pop - expensive enough to play on the probability.
Chicheba - 26 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Breathtaking and Amazing ”
We wanted to be part of this tour as we wanted to experience of fjords and if lucky the Icelandic whales - well we got to see both and it was just spectacular
It was such a peaceful and incredible scenery and the whales at the end that we dint mind the cold temperatures
Totally recommended , staff very friendly and knowledgeable .
Heddy45 - 18 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Great Company to go Whale Watching ”
Staff were amazing and very informative. Unfortunately we did not get to see any whales on our day but the company gave us vouchers (that are good for two years) that we could use for another time in Akureyri or Reykjavik. Thought that was very generous of them. We did though on the way back get to see porpoises which made the day. It was a gorgeous sunny day to spend on the water checking out the spectacular views of the fjord. Well worth the money.
Jena W - 18 apr 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Fun whale watching ”
Windy day whale watching, but the crew kept us warm in our gear and informed during the trip. The whales we're further out than normal, but we kept sailing until we found them. They made extra care to stay as long as possible since it took a little longer to find them than usual. Boat was in excellent condition, crew was friendly and helpful, overall trip a success and definitely fun! Booking was easy and reasonably priced. A must do when in the northern part of Iceland.
Steve F - 26 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Last minute decision was well-worth it ”
We'd been travelling around Iceland for over a week and were always on the lookout for other attractions we could fit into our itinerary to make sure we got the most out of our 2-week vacation. We booked the excursion on-line the night before and prayed the weather would be good enough for us to make it to Akureyri in time. We did. It was sunny but windy and cold. Coveralls were provided but not mandatory . There was a well-equipped (with bar) lounge on board where one could dump ones bags etc before heading out on deck. We saw four humpbacks and encountered a pod of about 200 dolphins all in the very dramatic setting of one of Icelands seemingly infinite fjords. Well worth the money. We stayed overnight in Akureyri and would recommend anyone else taking this excursion to do likewise. It was arguably our favourite town in Iceland - we actually preferred it to Rekyavik.
HellinWheels - 20 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Yes, You CAN See Whales in Winter! ”
We were thrilled to roll in to Akureyri and find Elding Whale Watching open for business. (All the travel guides I had read said this was a summer activity.) We wanted to make sure if we were going to take the time and spend the $ to go on an expedition, that we would actually see some whales. Young woman in the office assured us that are chances were very, very high. And she was right! We bundled up in the exceptionally warm coveralls that the Elding provides and we were off. As we were traveling through the gorgeous fjord, my husband spied a spout. He pointed it out to the Captain and our guide and they were on it! It was a really fun Humpback and we got to watch her for a good amount of time as she feed. Then we were off a gain to the open sea, where we enjoyed a rare sighting of a Fin whale. The crew was informative, fun and friendly. And the boat was comfortable and clean. It was a truly a one-of-a-kind experience and I would recommend it to anyone stopping in beautiful Akureyri!
Michael T - 07 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing Blue Whale sighting! ”
Can’t believe how lucky we were today on our whale watching tour. We got picked up from the harbour downtown and taken twenty minutes to the whale watching boat. Very well organised and good friendly staff. Headed off into rough sea and some people weren’t feeling well from the rocking back and forth but most hung on in there. We reached the sea and hadn’t seen anything and we were starting to think we might not be lucky today but then on the way back we saw the spray from what turned out to be a huge blue whale, the ultimate in the search for whales. It was enormous , and we watched it for about half an hour as it dived and then resurfaced. We all got some fantastic pictures. It was so close and yet the crew made sure to respect the animals space and not encroach. Brilllaint experience. We weren’t expecting to see whales at this time of year (March) so it is such a bonus to not only see them but to see a blue whale. We can’t stop smiling! Thanks so much!
Berta_Mason - 04 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ In the fjord ”
This was a great trip in the Akureyri fjord. On board there were warm overalls that we could wear on deck to keep warm; a marine biologist was on hand to answer questions. There was also a small coffee bar. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, they knew all the whales individually. They had a book with photos of the whales which you could use to identify the ones you had photographed. It was well worth the price.
MrMcMrsA - 03 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Wow what an amazing time ”
We were supposed to go the day after we arrived, on the Saturday, but due to a snow storm due we went shortly after we arrived at the hotel. It must have been fate. Despite being very cold the sun was out the sea was calm. It was a real adventure. We were well equipped but had the chance to have a storm suit if you wanted. It was a lovely journey with great commentary from the guide. Then we heard the shout "Whales at 2 O' clock". It was a beautiful sight to see these 2 amazing creatures. They kept resurfacing much to the delight of everyone but eventually they went away and we made our way back to port with everyone reviewing their pictures. What a fantastic, wonderful afternoon one we will never forget.
If you are visiting Akureyri this is a must.
Jackie R - 02 mar 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Fantastic whale watching ”
We booked on the spur of the moment and it turned out to be a great decision. Despite temperatures of -10c it was a bright sunny day with calm waters. We spotted our first humpback whale after about 45 minutes and then spent about two hours following ‘Pepper’ and Giljagaur as they surfaced, swam and dived. All the crew were attentive and we were provided with lots of information on the whales we were seeing. Fantastic experience and highlight of our trip to Akureyri.
Les D - 27 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Memorable experience ”
Just returned from 4 nights in Akureyri Iceland where I was privileged to get photos of humpback whale flutes as they dived, up to 6 humpbacks in the area and 12 sequence photos of a breaching whale.
Thanks you so much Elding Whale Watching Akrureyri for showing me a beautiful part if Iceland.
On board safety and warmth were paramount providing full outdoor warm waterproof suits or blankets if required; explanation and knowledge of the variety of whales and other animals in the area, A treat not to be missed.
MTH363 - 27 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Brilliant ”
Well looked after from our first steps on board the boat! The crew were absolutely fantastic! Friendly and knowledgeable and available to answer any questions. The boat itself was clean and tidy with great facilities, including a heated mid-deck selling hot and cold drinks on board at reasonable prices. We went out in the middle of February so it wasn't the warmest, and thankfully the crew had sets of thermal overalls that could be used (at no extra charge!). We were lucky enough to see at least 6 whales on our trip so that made our day! I'm already planning to return and I would have no issues with booking with this company again.
markyoxall - 25 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Exellent ”
Value for money. Great Trip and amazing views.I saw five whales and they were fantastic. I would recomment this trip to anybody.
francescawelham - 21 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing trip ”
Fantastic trip where we saw 6 humpback whales...the boat was fantastic with great facilities, inside area which was heated with bar selling reasonably priced drinks and snacks. 3 toilets all clean. Use of big thermal suits if needed and plenty of blankets to keep you snug onboard. Had the best time. Staff were so friendly and helpful, very informative on the whales we saw. I would highly recommend this company and would do this trip daily if we could !! Such a magical experience.
simonwright2018 - 19 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Whale Watching ”
We recently visited Iceland and went Whale watching on 15th February. The trip was excellent and very well organised.
Boguslaw John W - 19 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Bucket list trip which fulfilled its promise. ”
Well organised company, even rang me at home 2 days before to reschedule the trip because of bad weather warning.
Ken K - 18 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Off-Season wonder ”
We were a little apprehensive going whale watching in February since it was supposed to be off-season. We rode the fjord for around an hour and I was starting to lose hope even though the surroundings were breathtaking. All of a sudden, we saw a spout, then another and another. We saw 5 humpbacks that day, a group of three and a group of two. When one group would dive, our boat would move toward the other. We must have gone back and forth for over an hour. It was truly wonderful. The crew was also friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide’s genuine love for these creatures was obvious and heightened our enjoyment all the more. We would highly recommend Elding Whale Watching!
lea1611 - 16 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Highlight of our trip ”
I did this trip as part of an escorted tour arranged by secret escapes and it was one of the highlights of the trip for me.
We did the tour last tuesday 6/2/18 we were actually supposed to be doing this later in the week but the weather forecast wasn't great so it was changed - this resulted in a bus load of people wearing inappropriate clothing for whale watching so we thought...
Once we got on the boat we were advised that overalls could be borrowed from the main deck for which we were all extremely grateful for.
The lady providing information was most helpful giving us information about the whales and if they'd visited the Fjord before and also knowledgeable about the surrounding area, the scenery really is stunning.
In total we saw 6 humpbacks on our trip, i honestly cannot recommend this trip enough we were on the boat for around 3-4 hours in total.
Lorraine H - 08 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ We saw the whales! ”
Wonderful 4 hour trip up the fjord to see 4 basking humpback whales. Great staff explained everything. Warm suits available which would recommend as its freezing on the boat. Bar & coffee & plenty of indoor seats.
Anne M - 08 feb 2018, TripAdvisor
“ Superb to see these creatures quite close to the boat ”
They provide all in one suits to keep you warm if needed. Was dubious we would see whales, but we did, got some terrific shots. Woman on the tannoy gave lots of info.
Kelly B - 15 nov 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing ”
Staff and crew were very friendly. We changed days at short notice as the weather forecast was not good for when we booked and there was no issues. You are given a outfit so you don't get to cold but warp up still as it can get freezing. The company is very considerate to the whales in regard to noise pollution and the dangers of using propellas, so the boat uses water power to move itself around. We managed to see a variety of whale including three humpbacks. Definetly will be coming again amazing experience watching animals in their natural habitat is something special and the akureyi people are proud to support the conservation of these magnificent animals. Sorry there is no photos of the Wales as we recorded most of the trip
George R - 12 nov 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A great tour ”
We were the company of six friends and all of us were extremely delighted with this tour. Our guide was marvellous and she had such great humor that all in all if even that we did not have the whale experience we did, almost countless humpbacks and then a pod of dolphins playing around we would have had a great time. As a remark for the great humor our guide had (an Icelandic Viking gal) she actually had the reference "thanks for all the fish" when the dolphins were breaching. I recommend this tour to anyone.
Lucian P - 09 nov 2017, TripAdvisor
“ The best whale watching ever!!!!!! ”
Before booking this tour we just search and read everithing on the internet about all the companies that offers whale watching tours and we have chosen Elding Whale watching and i can say it was the best decision EVER!!!!
From the firs moment we stepped on the boat, the crew was very friendly and very nice. It was very easy to see that this company have skilled and dedicated professional employees and their first concern is to protect and respect the whales and not to disturb them.
We saw 5 whales on the tour: Pepper, Miso, Harley, Max and Toughpeller (?).
We took pictures, we made a lot of videos and off course we have received a lot of information from our super guide (Babsi)... but let's not forget the whale gymnastics on the front deck :)
All in all, we had a super trip with a whale friendly boat and crue and we will recommend to everyone to choose Elding Whale Watching for an unforgettable experience!!!!
casa39 - 08 nov 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A lovely trip into the ffjord + whales! ”
Very good facilities in the boat to watch whales frolic. It was cold but they provided good body suits which allowed us to enjoy the outdoors. A perky guide would spot and alert us on the whales who ;performed for us tourists.
juliaschlappa - 02 nov 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A day to remember ”
We booked the Whale Watching Tour with the big ship in Akureyri Backpackers. The wheather wasn't very good, so we got waterproof suits from the nice staff members that kept us really warm. Even just standing on the boat and enjoying the breathtaking scenery is worth the trip. It makes you nearly forget that you might stil have the luck to see the giants of the sea. And we were lucky! Seeing the beautiful animals is an experience that you will remember for life. The guide of the tour is talking to you through a microphone to make sure you won't miss any whales. She (the guide) gave us various information about whales, their behaviour, their routes etc. In addition she was super friendly and very funny. We even saw little dolphins which are normally very shy. All in all it was a super cool trip and we were glad to have chosen it.
Julia and Lies
Amy L - 30 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ AMAZING whale watching experience! ”
Only good things to say about the company and trip. I have been whale watching with other companies and in other areas in Iceland, but Elding in Akureryi stands out as the best. I was impressed by:
- The whale watching! We got super close to these beautiful beasts and saw lots of them! The crew got us right up next to the whales and handled the ship in a very respectful, professional manner. It was clear they took caution to not stress or disturb the whale. Also, sight seeing in this fjord definitely increases your chances of seeing humpback whales. We saw so many!
- The crew was very friendly and informative. It was obvious that the put careful research into what information presented on the tour. The facts were really cool!
- The boat was very stable and clean. It's always nice to have a clean bathroom when on a boat for a few hours.
- They make sure you are warm. Iceland is not a balmy environment, but Elding provides you with warm windbreaker suits.
- The fjord itself is beautiful. Whether it is for the backdrop of your cool whale photos or just to stare out and enjoy, Eyjaford is the place to be.
If you are visiting Akureryi, go do whale watching with Elding! It's an amazing experience. - Amy and Fannar
Tim S - 25 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing Service and trip ”
Booked on yesterdays trip - Fantastic modern boat - all the staff were so helpful and friendly. A mind field of information - if your going to do one whale trip you wouldn't go wrong with this one.
Shaunak P - 05 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Absolutely Fantastic experience ”
So we were in akureyi in the last week of August and had such a brilliant whale watching experience at elding whale watching company. The team Magnus, Erik and the skipper made it once in a life time experience for us. We watched around 12-14 whales and would recommend every visitor in Iceland to do this... Elding whale watching company , you guys Rock.
Thanks Magnus and Erik for your generosity in making this such a wonderful experience for all our friends. All the best to your team in the whale tagging project.
iritv - 04 oct 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great experience with the whales ”
We had lovely couple of hours on the boat and we saw several whales. The boat was not completely full with people (actually less than third of its capacity) so it was easy moving around and getting a good spot to see the whales.
We had good explanations and we were lucky with the whales. So all went just as hoped for.
camera13 - 31 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great adventure ”
Parking slot right in front of the ticket center, easy to get the tickets, nice and helpful workers. Only a few metres to get to the boat, immediate welcoming and preparing with warm overalls for the 3 hour tour.
The crew is a perfect team: spotting the whales together, the captain brings the boat into the best postion for us tourists to watch the whales blow air and dive, the guide informs about the lives and habits of the whales, even knows the names and details about them and has some fun stories to tell.
A thank you to all the workers and helping hands, who made this whale watching a great adventure!
Heidi_Begga - 28 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing!! ”
Brilliant trip from starting point till the end.
We had a fantastic day with Elding last July. Such a thrill and so much fun.
We had a great guide, who was both very informative and fun, same goes for the brilliant skipper. With their help, we were lucky enough to spot quite the few whales along the way, which was an amazing experience. Wow. Gorgeous creatures. We´ve never seen them so close before, you could almost touch them.
Highly recommend going on a tour with Elding. They know what they are doing and they deliver.
Simon J - 28 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Express tour is superb ”
We took the "express" tour - i.e. on a small, fast boat, with only 12 passengers. Was simply amazing from start to finish.
Takes a short while to get kitted up in overalls, gloves, life jackets and goggles, at which point you start to overheat, but the kit was very welcome once we were out in the water.
The ride out was exhilarating, better than most theme park rides, but they're not kidding about not doing it if you have a bad back. We hit some significant swells on the way out and had to use our knees as suspension. All added to the fun. Did not get as wet as you may think, though spray did come over the front of the boat.
Then, the best bit - close encounters - perhaps as close as 10m to 3 different humpback whales, saw them swimming, then deep diving as their flukes poked up in the air before disappearing for 10 minutes (since the fjord is not that deep).
The captain was expert at spotting whale and with the speed and acceleration we were close to the action within 30s, something the larger boats simply couldn't match.
On the way back, we stopped off at a few interesting sites, including a warm waterfall, finishing off with a high speed blast along the Akureyri waterfront.
Great commentary and information from the staff.
Expensive, yes, but worth every penny.
Ula K - 02 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Really worth to do and see. ”
Very nice and interesting trip along the Eyjafiordur. Obviously the main point is to spot the whales but in the meantime the guide would have a lot of stories to share on board. You will get a lot of information about the whales, hunting and protection. I really recommend Manu - she was our guide in Akureyri - with her very friendly attitude, nice sense of humor and amazing knowledge about the whales and sea life as well.
amazonlady1 - 02 aug 2017, TripAdvisor
“ wonderful whale watching trip ”
We visited Akureyri by cruise ship and booked the whale watching in advance. To be honest i was rather concerned about it because i had gone the year before with another operator and was appalled at their lack of concern about the whales, chasing them and almost being on top of them. This trip however was completely different. We were very lucky that there were a lot of whales in the fjord this day but what a three hours we had. At one point there were seven humpbacks round our ship, which was roomy with plenty of space to move around. The thick wind and waterproof suits which were provided were amazing. Our guide Anouk was knowledgeable and also told us about plastics in the ocean and what we can do to help. This was completely different from our experience the year before, Our Captain Arnar was excellent and considerate towards the whales. Thank you Elding, would thoroughly recommend and what a great day we had. We also saw harbour porpoises and many birds.
A TripAdvisor Me - 22 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ A great experience ”
This was a great way to spend the afternoon. We saw a lot of whales throughout our time on the boat which was great; almost every minute there was a whale appearing! The boat would also move quickly and smoothly if whales appeared further up ahead. The tour guide was very friendly and enthusiastic. I haven't put 5 stars as I did see speed boats on the water, which as soon as a whale appeared up ahead would rush to them and be mere metres from the whale. Of course the size of the boat we were on could not provide such an up close experience, but it was still most definitely worth it! I don't know the details of the speed boat experiences, but could perhaps be worth looking in to. The may even be part of this company I am reviewing! We were just on a bigger boat. Regardless of the boat, definitely recommend this if you're in Akureyri!
steve z - 12 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Great trip ”
Large catamaran holds almost 200 so lots of room and a smooth ride. Good guide that pointed out and identified whales. Lucky day, saw lots of whales and a full out of water breach.
June D - 05 jul 2017, TripAdvisor
“ Amazing whale watching trip! ”
Great trip, comfortable boat with plenty of viewing platforms. Warm clothing provided. We saw around 7 humpback whales and a few harbour porpoises which came very close to the boat. We went on 22nd June and 10am and were lucky enough to see 4 breaches. The crew were very knowledgable and friendly. The three hours passed too soon. Would highly recommend